Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Swirling Bath

pastel sektch of cat bathing
“Swirling Bath”, pastel, 7″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Well, this wasn’t at all what I’d set out to do, but then I’d set out with kind of a loose idea to begin with, “sketch Mr. Sunshine on my desk”. I started out with the toned paper and charcoal seeing Sunshine with his glossy black fur, but suddenly discarded that in favor of my pastels and a half-formed idea of blended color areas on paper with a black outline sketch on top to give them definition. He is so graceful, especially when he turned to wash his side with his tail curling around to the front. So, here it is. It’s a little darker than I’d have liked it had I planned it, but overall I like it. Below, I cropped it so that it didn’t have the white edges. Often the white edge dilutes the colors, which is why I sometimes crop the colorful ones to eliminate that influence. The colors look a little more intense this way.

pastel sketch of cat bathing
“Swirling Bath” cropped.

Where to find this artwork

I donated this original sketch, framed, to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center’s annual Paws & Prints Benefit in 2014. But I still have prints available on paper an canvas. You can purchase a print of this art on Portraits of Animals or use the drop-down below.

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What else was I sketching on this date?


Mewsette’s Tail, 2014
pastel sketch of three cats in silhouette
“Mewsette’s Tail”, pastel on white multi-media paper, 6.5″ x 9.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mewsette slaps her tail back and forth so enticingly, Bean simply cannot resist.

Giuseppe, Bean and Mewsette were hanging out on the cabinet in the center of the kitchen so they looked like only silhouettes against the morning sunlight through the back door. I really liked their activity and the big silhouettes plus the long shadows on the varnished cabinet were interesting varieties of textures. I just wasn’t sure about the colors since they were slipping around, I just wanted to capture the warm colors in the background and the cool colors in the highlights. I think I got that!

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Watching the Storm, 2013
pastel sketch of two cats looking out window
“Watching the Storm”, black pastel on pastello paper, 8.25″ x 11.75″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

We had a surprise storm late today, fast and noisy and dark, with lots of rain and wind, and then we had a neighbor’s tree in our yard. More storms came later, not as bad as the first, but bad enough to lose our electricity again. What else for me to do but a good old-fashioned manual sketch on paper? And what better subject than a couple of cats looking out the window at the rains and waving branches.

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charcoal sketch of black cat
“Giuseppe Resting”, black and white charcoal on tan toned paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

You can purchase a print or notecard below or find it on Portraits of Animals or visit my gallery of daily sketches to see what’s available.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Swirling Bath

  • walksoftlyand

    Love your pastels, Bernadette. I think it’s far superior uncropped, but that’s just me. . . .

    • I like it that way too, Meg. I think it carries the feeling of movement that the edges are rough.


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